On April 28, 2017, a Silver Alert issued for 80-year-old Lawrence Wayne Williams. Williams went missing in Bentonville, Arkansas and was found safe over 70 miles away in Carthage, Missouri.
According to the news story on Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:
Authorities located Lawrence Wayne Williams in Carthage, Mo. He is safe and will soon be united with family.
BENTONVILLE — Bentonville police are requesting information concerning a 80-year-old man who left his home Thursday and never returned.
Lawrence Wayne Williams, 80, left his home sometime before noon to run errands, according to a news release from the Bentonville Police Department.
Williams suffers from dementia and answers to his middle name Wayne, according to the release. Williams was last seen wearing gray jeans, a long sleeve red shirt with black stripes and cowboy boots, according the release.
Missouri lawmakers have pre-filed legislation to create a statewide Silver Alert. House Bill 186 was pre-filed by Representative Keith Frederick (R-Rolla). The bill would create a Silver Alert to aid in the identification and location missing endangered persons. HB 186 defines an endangered person as someone who is missing under unexplained, involuntary, or suspicious circumstances; and is believed to be in danger because of age, guardianship, health, mental or physical disability, environmental or weather conditions; or is in the company of a potentially dangerous person or is affected by some other factor that may put the individual in peril.
From a news story on KSPR-TV.
An alert system could help Johnson’s grandfather makes it home faster, like the Amber Alerts would if her children were missing.
“There wouldn’t be any reason not to have it. Think if it was your loved one that was out you would want someone doing something to help find them,” she says.
You could also see alerts pop up when an officer is assaulted or hurt on lighted signs and your smartphone with details on who did it and where they could be.
Lawmakers are working on this as part of the Amber Alert System with another bill recently filed.
The next session for Missouri lawmakers starts next month.
On February 19, 2016, a Silver Alert was issued for 80-year-old Ida Brunkhorst. Brunkhorst went missing in St. Peters, Missouri and was found safe over 230 miles away in Dyersburg, Tennessee.
From the news story at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
An elderly St. Peters woman with Alzheimer’s and dementia who went missing in her car on Friday was found safe Saturday morning in a Tennessee town more than 230 miles away, the Missouri Highway Patrol confirmed.
Ida M. Brunkhorst, 80, went shopping Friday in her 2010 Ford Escape. At about noon on Friday, she was stopped by Ballwin police, and told them she had gotten lost while attempting to go home from shopping.She subsequently was reported missing.By Friday night, police determined that her debit card had been used at a Marathon Petro in Memphis, Tenn. — some 300 miles south of her home — at 7:30 p.m.Brunkhorst was found alive and well Saturday morning in Dyersburg, Tenn., about 77 miles northeast of Memphis.
“Her car had broken down and the local police department found her and took her to the hospital as a precaution,” said Melissa Doss, spokeswoman for the the St. Peters Police Department.